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Facebook will fork out $1 billion dollars to reward content creators

In a bid to keep them on the social media platform, the money will be awarded to creators who use Facebook products in different ways: on Facebook and Instagram

According to the Verge, creators can get a cash bonus for running ads on their videos or reaching certain tipping milestones during livestreams; on Instagram, creators can get paid for enabling ads on their IGTV videos, getting tipped in livestreams, or creating popular videos on Reels.

The money is available to creators on an invitation-only basis for now, and new options for making money will be announced later.

Facebook indicated it would expand availability to more creators later in the year, launching a “dedicated place for bonuses within the Instagram app this summer and in the Facebook app this autumn.”

The initiative is meant to make Facebook “the best platforms for millions of creators to make a living,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.

The money will be disbursed by the end of 2022.

Facebook is cracking down on ‘expert’ inside groups run by users

The social network says the new feature is designed to help real experts “stand out” in discussions.

Group admins will have the power to give the title to nearly any member they want.

That could mean that groups promoting conspiracy theories or fringe views may also be able to designate “experts”.

Earlier this year, Facebook changed its policies to remove groups which are against vaccines, and also stopped recommending political groups to new members.


Ed Sheeran tests positive to COVID



British pop sensation Ed Sheeran has revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19

The 30 year-old revealed his positive result in a statement to fans, and stated that he will do interviews and performances from his house while he self-isolates.

“Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for COVID, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,”

Sheeran wrote on Instagram.

The news come ahead of his highly anticipated fourth studio album “EQUALS” which will be unveiled this coming Friday.

Representatives of Sheeran did not immediately say which performances he was cancelling and which he would carry out from home.

Sheeran’s official website lists no performances before April.

It is also currently unclear if the singer is vaccinated against coronavirus.

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Friends actor dies, aged 59



A much-loved actor, best known for his role as Gunther in the hit sit-com series, Friends, has died on Sunday from cancer, at just 59 years old

James Michael Tyler was first diagnosed with an advanced form of prostate cancer in September 2018 which inspired him to become an advocate for the disease.

His manager says he “loved live music” and “if you met him once you made a friend for life”.

In his role on Friends, he played a barista at the Central Perk cafe where he had an unfulfilled crush on one of the main characters, Rachel.

He also had roles in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and other TV movies and shows.

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New details – ‘super unsafe’ conditions on Baldwin film set



Following the fatal shooting on the film set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust”, new details are emerging about complaints previously made about an assistant director

The complaints made against the individual, Dave Halls date back to two movies in 2019 and include disregard for safety protocols for weapons and inappropriate sexual behaviour.

In a statement to CNN, a propmaker who worked with Halls back in 20-19 says that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” the assistant director neglected to hold safety meetings and consistently failed to announce the presence of a firearm on set.

These new details follow the court identifying that Halls was in fact the assistant director who handed Baldwin the loaded gun on set.

The loaded gun was fired and struck the film’s cinematographer, who was later pronounced dead at a New Mexico hospital.

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